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Yuan Yi Zhu

Mr Yuan Yi Zhu

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
The Theories and Practices of Legal Sovereignty in Republican China
Degree course:
Curriculum vitae:

Research Themes:
Foreign Policy and diplomacy Global governance History Institutions and organisations International law Sovereignty Constitutions, Institutions and Governments Law and International law Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations at Nuffield College and a Stidependiary Lecturer in Politics at Pembroke College, Oxford. My research is concerned with the notion of sovereignty within the context of international law. In particular, I am interested in the influence of non-Western powers such as China on the development of legal understandings of sovereignty. In addition, I maintain secondary research interests in political history and public law.

Before coming to Oxford, I obtained a BA from McGill University, where I was an Allen Oliver Fellow and Moyse Scholar, and a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where I was a Bacon Scholar.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

I currently teach International Relations for undergraduate PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) students at Pembroke, Harris Manchester, and Worcester Colleges, Oxford. I have also taught for Stanford University's Oxford Program.


  • Barbara W. Tuchman Prize for Best Paper in Historical International Relations by a Graduate Student, International Studies Association (2020)
  • Tutorial Research Grant, Stanford University (2019)
  • Nuffield College Travel Grant (2017 to 2020)
  • Social Sciences Research Council of Canada Doctoral Research Fellowship (2017)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship [declined], (2017)
  • Nuffield College-DPIR Studentship in International Relations, University of Oxford (2016)
  • Gabrielle Sacconaghi Bacon Scholarship in International Relations, University of Cambridge (2015)
  • Moyse Travelling Scholarship, McGill University (2015)
  • Allen Oliver Fellowship, McGill University (2015)
  • Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship, McGill University [declined] (2015)
  • Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship, Mackenzie King Trustees [declined] (2015)
  • Guy Drummond Fellowship, Science Po and McGill University [declined] (2014)
  • Cherry Prize in Political Science, McGill University (2014)
  • Mr & Mrs Harry Colle Award, McGill University (2014)


As author:


As editor

  • (with Tuuli-Anna Huikuri) "Redrawing the Boundaries of International Law", special issue of St Antony's International Review 14(1) (May 2018).
  • (with M Gehring, A Wardell, E Kassongo, and J Nadeau) CIFOR-UNIKIS-CISDL Sustainable Landscapes Law and Governance Info Brief Series (Montreal: Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, 2015).


I also write regularly for various publications, including Foreign Policy and The Critic.